Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu has expressed joy in the achievements of the U-23 National Team and the Senior Women’s Team, as both sides qualified for the football programme of this year’s All-Africa Games.
Siasia’s U-23 boys edged Zambia 2-1 in Lusaka on Sunday to qualify for the Men’s Football Tournament of the Games on a 2-1 aggregate, two days after the Super Falcons had whipped their counterparts from Mali 8-0 in Abuja to reach the women’s event on 9-1 aggregate.
The ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee was delighted as both teams returned to the football events of the continental Games, from which they were missing four years ago.
“You will remember very well that four years ago, none of the two teams made it to the All-Africa Games held in Mozambique. Their qualification this time, coming within two days of each other, speaks volumes. This is also a sign of the good and great things coming very soon to Nigeria football.
“I want to put these feats down to the exceptional leadership style of the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who has continuously harped on the need to build sustainable football culture as well as earn good results on the international front, and has been leading us all to work assiduously in that direction,” Anyansi-Agwu explained.
Anyansi-Agwu, who has steered the ship of Aba giants, Enyimba FC for the past 15 years, during which the team has won scores of trophies including two CAF Champions League titles, called on Nigerians to be patient with the NFF Board and Management and witness more glorious feats by the various National Teams.
“This year alone, our U-20 boys have won the African title and qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup; the U-17 boys have won a ticket to go to the FIFA World Cup and defend their title and; the U-23 and Senior Women Team have qualified for the All-Africa Games. I want to call on our ball fans to be patient with this new administration and there will be more glorious accomplishments.
“We are doing well on and off the field. I want to assure that even the Super Eagles will soon begin to do very well, going by the plans we are putting in place. Also, our people will soon begin to see the benefits and value of the various educational programmes that the NFF President, with the approval of the Board, is driving with so much passion and purpose,” he concluded.